Day 8 Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May Book Giveaway: Christina Katz

by @thewritermama on May 8, 2011 · 21 comments

Happy Mother’s Day!

Thank you for helping me celebrate Writer Mama. I am giving away THREE copies to three folks who respond to today’s prompt. (And sure, if you already have a copy, I’m happy to send the copy to a friend so long as that works with Da Rules.) Here we go…

Christina Katz is the author of the forthcoming Writer’s Digest book, The Writer’s Workout, 366 Tips, Tasks & Techniques From Your Writing Career Coach. She also wrote Get Known Before the Book Deal, Use Your Personal Strengths to Grow an Author Platform and Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids. A  “gentle taskmaster” over the past decade to hundreds of writers, Christina’s students go from unpublished to published, build professional writing career skills, increase their creative confidence, and succeed over time. Christina hosts the Northwest Author Series in Wilsonville, Oregon, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and far too many pets.

About the book:

As a mom, you want to spend as much time with your children as possible. But you’d also like to make some money doing something you enjoy. How do you get the best of both worlds? Writer Mama by experienced freelancer Christina Katz tells you how. You can start a stay-at-home freelance writing career tailored to fit your family and lifestyle.

Writer Mama will answer all your questions about how to get started, in realistic, easy-to-follow steps. While conversational and easy-to-read, this book also does a lot of hard work for you. It gives you practical advice and exercises that help you get started in a matter of weeks. You’ll get tips on how to: begin with the easiest routes to publication for moms, network with other writer mamas, editors, and agents, write cover letters and queries, choose your own writing specialty, create a web presence, set up a home office, and make time for yourself, your kids, and your writing.

1. How has writing (either just the act of writing or writing this book or both) impacted your self-confidence?

I think most people who know my work either don’t know or forget that I am basically an introvert. So reaching out to the many moms who are featured in Writer Mama and hitting the road to make appearances at writing conferences where I didn’t know a soul did not come easily to me at first. These abilities are skills today because I made myself use them. So writing, and Writer Mama specifically, had a major impact on my self-confidence by encouraging me to stretch far beyond my comfort zone and start using necessary author skills.

2. What are three words that describe your creative book-writing process?

For Writer Mama, my creative book-writing process was panic-driven, excitement-fueled, and very late in the process confidence-building. Since I did not follow my outline (which is typical for me), I was driving in the dark for the majority of the process. Ultimately that made a better book, but a pretty nerve-wracking writing process.

3. What good has your book created in the world?

My book has helped thousands of moms learn more about writing nonfiction for publication and as part of a professional career. Because of the book, I have worked with hundreds of moms who go from wanting to write or wanting to write better or more to writing publishable articles. Many moms write to me to say that Writer Mama affirmed their desire to write, helped them get started, helped them get published, helped them feel like “I can do this,” or helped them get back in the game again. I’m so grateful that Writer Mama was my first book and that I got to work with all of the folks I got to work with to produce it.

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What is your single proudest writing accomplishment in your career thus far? How might this writing success point you towards future success?

Answer in the comments in 50-200 words (no less and no more to qualify to win one of today’s books). Please read the complete rules at least once!

Thanks for participating in the Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May Book Giveaway! Please bring your writing group next time you come. :)

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